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Wild Geranium - Geranium maculatum

Wild Geranium

One of Ohio’s late spring woodland wildflowers, wild geranium (Geranium maculatum) blooms from April until June. It grows best in rich woodland soil. Geranium is derived from an old Greek name, geranos (crane), referring to the similarity of the fruit to a crane’s bill. The deeply cleft leaves are rather distinctive. A hearty wildflower, wild geraniums have large rhizomes, or underground stems, to sustain them. Native Americans dug up the rhizomes, and after drying them, ground them up to slow blood flow from wounds and cure sore throats. This pinkish flower can be seen at the following state nature preserves: Eagle Creek in Portage County, Davis Memorial in Adams County, Lawrence Woods in Hardin County and Caesar Creek Gorge in Warren County.


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